Here is some good news for all the Firefox fans who aren’t afraid of trying something at the bleeding edge.
Firefox 3 Beta 3 is available for download now. If you have already been using Beta 2, you’d probably notice the improvements in this new beta release but if you are really interested in figuring out what’s new in this particular release, Lifehacker has compiled a list of improvements.
If you are just curious about what’s in new in Firefox 3 altogether, check this extensive review by Mozilla Links. I couldn’t do justice to this fine article if I tried to do it here again. So, please check it out if you are interested to see if it’s worth checking out a beta release.
Now, if you are like me and want to run Firefox 2 as well as Firefox 3 so you can get the best of both worlds, check out my earlier post on How to run Firefox 2 & Firefox 3 Simultaneously.
How to make Extensions work in Firefox 3?
Also, you’d find that some of the extensions haven’t been made compatible with Firefox 3 Beta 3. You could still install them if you are brave enough to turn of the compatibility checking and don’t care about intermittent crashes and possible security breach that comes with it in a few easy steps. Again, be warned that you are on your own from this point onwards.
- Type about:config in your location bar and accept the warning message
- Right click somewhere and choose New->Boolean and enter a new entry extensions.checkCompatibility with value false.
- Enter another entry extensions.checkUpdateSecurity with value false.
- Restart Firefox
As I said before, by doing this you are probably opening up a can of worms with this but you might get lucky with running a few extensions that you absolutely need but haven’t been made compatible by the author. I have about a dozen extensions in Firefox 3 beta 3 now working good so far where as I have about 25 installed in Firefox 2.